Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 19 May 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

Online Content Moderation and Reactivation of Economy: Discussion

Photo of Marie SherlockMarie Sherlock (Labour)
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We want it for every sector but some employers are hostile to ever engaging with worker representatives, particularly in the hospitality sector.

Youth unemployment is the single greatest legacy issue arising from the pandemic. There has been no reference to it in the contributions so far. There are no easy answers as to what the Government can do. It has to act, however. We know that last December when the economy opened up, the unemployment rate was at 53% for those aged between 15 and 24 years. There will be no going back to normal for a long time, particularly for young workers. What are the Tánaiste's thoughts on that?

We now have a situation where workers in certain sectors are forced to take unpaid internships in order to get a start in their chosen career. Does the Tánaiste believe this is acceptable?